The Ethnic Community Self-Help program supports ethnic community-based organizations in providing refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.
Throughout the history of the United States, the involvement of refugees and their community-based organizations in resettlement has been critical to integration. Today, these organizations continue to enhance the provision and effectiveness of refugee services. For refugees, their active participation in resettlement is empowering and plays an important role in the integration of the entire refugee community.
The Ethnic Community Self-Help program provides assistance to refugee community-based organizations and other groups that:
- Address community building
- Facilitate cultural adjustment and integration
- Deliver mutually supportive functions
- Information exchange
- Civic participation
- Resource enhancement
- Orientation and support to new and established refugees
- Public education to the larger community
Ethnic Community Self-Help programs connect newly arrived refugees to community resources. Ethnic Community Self-Help programs target all ORR populations, and all U.S.-based governmental and certified non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
Administration for Children and Families
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C ST SW
Washington, DC 20201
For general inquiries about ORR programs and services, please call 202.401.9246
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